Human trafficking continues to remain a grave challenge to Nepal. The United Nations estimates put that every year about 10,000 to 15,000 women and children are trafficked from the country.
The poignant tales related to such malaise simply abound. Last week, there were media reports about the rescue of two Nepali women, who were held captive and repeatedly raped by a Saudi diplomat in Delhi.
Some four months ago, a woman trafficker took them to Delhi by a woman trafficker in Nepal by showing the temptation of good jobs in Saudi Arabia.
Similarly, last month Binita Rai returned Nepal divulging her blatant mistreatment on the part the employers in Syria. The incident also unmasked the racket between human traffickers in Nepal and Syrian agents, with the latter giving the former $ 55,000 for 21 Nepali girls.
So, how the gullible Nepali women fall prey to such abuse in foreign lands?
It is the sly agents who first promise good jobs and handsome salaries to them and later leave them in insecure job markets.
A number of instances also suggest the migrant women of Nepal are not only pushed into manual labour but also forced into flesh trade mostly in Gulf countries. What is alarming is that African countries are gradually becoming the new hub in terms of their inhumane exploitation.
Even though human trafficking has long been a serious menace, the situation seems to be worsening further following the April 25 earthquake. It is estimated that more than 500 women have disappeared from the quake-affected districts.
Over two dozen women rescued last month by Indian police in Delhi belonged to such districts. They were being trafficked to Dubai and all of them were unaware of the exact job they would be doing there.
The women who seeks for abroad employment mostly belong to the lower economic stratum and are also less educated. That is why they tend to become the easy targets for the foxy traffickers.
The concerned government agencies and I/NGOs working in this sector must coordinate and collaborate effectively to fight this social ailment.
Traffickers in Nepal work in connivance with Indian agents most of the trafficking takes place via India. So, there is also a glaring need of sound cooperation between the Nepali and Indian authorities to strictly monitor the border areas to avert the crime of human trafficking.